Background and activities


2021: Professor

2011 - 2020:   Associate Professor, Department of Nursing Science, HiST / Department of public health and nursing

2007-2011:     Phd, Department of Social Work and Health Sciences, NTNU

2004-2006:     Master Degree, Department of Social Work and Health Sciences, NTNU

2001-2004:     Bachelor Degree, Faculty of Nursing, Sør- Trøndelag University College

2000-2001:     Elementary course in psychology, NTNU



Mental health in adolescents

Main focus is health and well-being in adolescents 13-18 years, from public elementary and secondary schools. Some of the research is framed in a health promoting perspective with use of the  salutogenic theory

Research focus 

  • Normative stressors in adolescents daily in association with mental health (symptoms of depression/anxiety, mental wellbeing, satisfaction with life).
  • The role of personal coping resources in association with stress, mental health and wellbeing such as:  
  • Self-esteem 
  • Sense of coherence
  • Self-efficacy
  • Resilience
  • Psychometric assessment of instruments measuring stress, sense of coherence and life satisfaction

Project leader of the project "Personal and contextual factors explaining mental health in adolescents" For more information:


Leader for the research area “Education and upbringing within Center for Health Promotion Research from 2009 – 2014.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications